CCTV footage has emerged showing a brazen hijacking which happened in Athlone Park, Amanzimtoti in KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday.
The victims, Bernadine and Kogie Pillay, had returned home from shopping in Bernadine’s Golf GTI when a vehicle pulled up in front of them after she had reversed and was waiting for their gate to open, South Coast Sun reported.
“Three armed men jumped out of their vehicle. I don’t think they followed me home. I suspect they had watched me for a while and knew I always reverse in,” said Bernadine.
CCTV footage of the incident shows the suspects’ car driving past as the victims reverse to the gate. The suspects’ car then turns around and reaches the Pillays’ gate just as it starts to open.
Kogie managed to jump out with her handbag and run into the yard. However, Bernadine’s handbag containing her wallet, and about R5 000 worth of groceries, were in the car.
She was struck on her right shoulder by one of the gunmen and her brother Benedict, who was in the garage, was threatened to not interfere.
In a separate incident, CCTV footage of a hijacking which took place just outside the entrance of Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on the East Rand emerged in December last year.
In the video three men are seen getting out of a vehicle which had pulled up next to the victim’s SUV. Three men jump out of their vehicle and go to the SUV driver’s side.
The driver is pulled out of the vehicle while one robber walks around the SUV and gets into the car on the passenger side.
The three then speed off, one in the getaway car and two in the stolen SUV.
– Caxton News Service